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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (2003)

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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This book shows how the animals use different parts of their body like eyes, noses, mouths or tongue to do different tings like eating.
  junludai | Jun 9, 2015 |
This book is a great way to explain to children on the different ways that animals use different parts of their body for important things. An example is how an anteater uses it's long tongue to eat termites, or how a cricket uses ears on it's knees to hear. Children may think that these animals just look funny but there is actually reasons for why they are made these ways. Another example is how a chameleon can see two different ways with it's eyes. I feel that the way this book is set up with pictures and small amounts of information is a great way to get kids involved with learning. These animals are not the typical farm animals that kids see in most of their books which is a great way to get their minds going.
Classroom extension: Have the children draw a picture of the animal that stuck out to them the most and write what part of their body was mentioned and what they remember about it. Or, have the students pick a different animal from a list (the teacher makes) and look up information and present something special about their animal in class. ( )
  emedwards | Apr 3, 2015 |
Out of the books I’ve read this semester, What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? is definitely one of my favorites! I’ve used this book for a lesson already this semester as well as a read aloud. My favorite thing about the book is that it is engaging. Students love animals, and this book really captivates attention because it is all about different animal adaptations. For example, each two pages of the book will cover different types of adaptations. One section is about tails, so the first page about tails shows five different animal tails and says, “What do you do with a tail like this?” Then you turn the page, and you see the full animal and what they do with their tails and learn why it’s special. When reading this to my students, they were so excited to guess which tail belonged to which animal and it kept them really engaged throughout the story.
I also enjoyed the illustrations. To me, the illustrations look like they were made out of cut paper, which I think is really cool. Illustrations are crucial for this book because students need to be able to see the animals and the adaptations, and the illustrator did a really nice job conveying them.
I would recommend this book for students in first through fourth grade. Though it’s a very easy read, you can definitely cater the activities you do with the students for higher grades. For example, I did this story as a read aloud and language arts activity with second grade, but read it again in fourth grade and used it to help me teach a lesson about animal adaptations. ( )
  kbork1 | Mar 24, 2015 |
I really like this book and thought it was a great informational picture book. The writing is descriptive and clear. The writing is engaging and flows. The text is written in different places and patterns, which kept me reading and interested through out the book. The characters are believable because they are based off of real animals. The plot is organized and paced well. The illustrations support and enhance the story. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. The big idea of the book is learning and exploring about animals and all the different things they can do with their eyes, ears, mouths, nose, feet, and tails. "Animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in very different ways. See if you can guess which animal each part belongs to and how it is used. At the back of the book you can find out more about these animals." The book is also interactive, which made it entertaining and engaging. "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." ( )
  smeyer8 | Nov 10, 2014 |
Animals come in all shapes and sizes. In this book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, we discover how animals use their eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tails, and feet to perform different tasks.

This easy-to-read non-fiction book is beautifully illustrated using cut-paper collage creating a textured appearance. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 17, 2014 |
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Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
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Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages’ edges for each “What do you do” question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket’s ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink’s breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—“A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot”—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
Here's another exceptional cut-paper science book from Jenkins, this time put together with a partner, and like previous books, it's a stunner. An opening page, clearly explaining how to use the book, is followed by a double-page spread picturing the mouths of several different animals, accompanied by the question, "What do you do with a mouth like this?" The next spread shows each animal in full, explaining in a few simple words how the part functions. Tail, ears, nose, and eyes are covered in the same manner. A picture glossary at the back shows each animal again, postage-stamp size, with an informative note elaborating on the creature's special adaptation. The notes also neatly answer questions that might arise during a reading (Why do horned lizards squirt blood out their eyes?) and add to the interactive aspect of the book. A variety of animals is represented--some (elephant, hippo, chimp) will be comfortably familiar; others (four-eyed fish, blue-footed booby) are of interest because of their strangeness. Jenkins' handsome paper-cut collages are both lovely and anatomically informative, and their white background helps emphasize the particular feature, be it the bush baby's lustrous, liquid-brown eyes or the skunk's fuzzy tail. This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.
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Beautifully detailed collage illustrations (cut paper) show a wide variety of interesting animals -- including lizards whose tails break off when they run away and a creature whose eyes spurt blood to scare off predators. Format alternates between spreads with a particular body part highlighted -- tails, eyes, ears, etc -- and spreads with the entire animal shown and a brief description of what those parts DO. The final pages show each animal and give a bit more information about each one (habitat and such). A big winner for preschoolers, primary students, and intermediate students with an interest in the animal world.
"What do you do with a tail like this?" offers lots of information about different animals and the fuctions of various body parts in nicely bite-sized pieces that children will be able to process and compare. I like the "more information" at the end for readers who are still curious. I would use this book to talk about animals, for comparison and contrast activities, for discussion multiple functions of a given item (hand, nose, eyes, whathaveyou), and for talking about body parts in general.
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A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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Simple text presents the many things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.

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